Pappenheimer bodies




These four images were taken from the 1997 Cytohematology Proficiency Test Event - Slide 005. On Wright stained smears, Pappenheimer bodies appear as violet staining granules usually found along the periphery of the red cells, often in clusters. They must be confirmed with an iron stain. These iron-staining granules are found in sideroblastic and megaloblastic anemias, alcoholism, following splenectomy, and in some hemoglobinopathies.

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